Crystal Palace have indicated that they are ready to improve their offer for QPR star Ebere Eze.
Palace saw no reason to increase their offer as they were aware theirs was the only bid on the table.
But with Fulham having now indicated they are ready to better Palace’s offer, the south London club seem prepared to offer more money.
Eze, 22, has long been aware of Palace’s interest and would favour a move to Selhurst Park.
Prior to Fulham entering the fray, the only concrete interest had been from Palace and West Ham, despite several other Premier League clubs having been linked with him.
He has a year remaining on his contract but QPR hold an option to extend that deal by 12 months, meaning he is effectively under contract until 2022.
Rangers quickly rejected Palace’s offer in the hope that other clubs would come in for Eze and spark a bidding war.
And Fulham’s interest appears to have nudged Palace towards discussing a deal which, with add-ons, would be nearer the £20m mark.
West Ham indicated last month that they were interested in signing Eze.
Both the Hammers and QPR hoped any deal might include Jordan Hugill moving to Loftus Road in part-exchange.
Rangers were also interested in West Ham midfielder Josh Cullen.
But Hugill, who scored 15 goals while on loan with the R’s last season, opted for a move to Norwich.